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Misadventures on Ice!

So this past week has been a very busy week here in Banff.  There was a lot going on, with studio visits, artist talks, and injured knees…

At Lake Louise last weekend

Last weekend, the Banff Centre organized a little day trip to Lake Louise to see the Ice Festival.  We were going to go see magical ice sculptures, an ice castle and go ice skating.  Albeit these are subtle differences, what we got was ice sculptures based on the theme of magic, a wall of ice that was castle like and a bumpy lake rink.

I think I was expecting some impressive sculptures after seeing pictures of the huge ice festival in Harbin:

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, image courtesy of DailyMail.co.uk

This is what I got instead…

Ice Castle at Lake Louise

The theme of the festival was magic…so there were ice sculptures from around the world based on their individual interpretations of magic.  Unfortunately, this meant that there were a lot of dragons and large breasted women carved in ice.  Just imagine a tacky tattoo brought to life through ice!

This ice dragon had a busty woman in its tail. Enough said.

All in all, I would have to give the prize to this magical bunny for overall originality…

The Magical Bunny!

Now the highlight of the day was supposed to be ice skating.  I’ve never skated on a lake before, so I guess I didn’t know what to expect.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so bumpy and choppy…

Skating on Lake Louise

I figured skated as a child, but well…I’m not a child anymore and I’m taller and heavier than I used to be, so when I fell…I fell hard onto my poor knee.  So it was an ice skating FAIL for me.  I ended up in the hospital back at Banff to get my knee checked out, just to be safe.  After some x-rays, I found out I had sprained my knee and there were tiny tears in the ligament.  So basically I have to take it easy for the next few weeks of my stay in Banff…

This looks worse than it was...

Now I have to thank my fellow resident artists who went out of their way to help me.  I posted this last weekend on the Banff Love Tumblr blog, but I want to extend that thanks again as I was really moved by how kind and helpful my new friends were.

Much love and thanks to my Lovers Karin, Kirsten, & Sarah and to my honorary Lovers Simon & Wally. (Click on the links to check out their art! Not only are they super friends, they are extremely talented artists as well!)

Lucky me.

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New photos will be coming soon of work that I’m doing in the studio…

Loop: Revisiting the past

In my London studio (2005)
In my London studio (2005)

A running theme through my work is the past, whether it be recollections of memories, nostalgia or histories.

I met up with an old friend recently, and it got me thinking about how revisiting the past can be important in understanding our present.  This goes for life and also for my art, as I sometimes forget about certain paintings I did in the past, and it’s like unearthing a treasure when I find them again.  All the memories, thoughts and ideas that went into the artwork pop up again in my mind.  And then sometimes there is a sudden epiphany about where a “new” or current idea I am working on actually came from.

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Les Saltimbanques - Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso, Les Saltimbanques, 1901

In 2000, when I first arrived in Paris with my fellow UBC Fine Art classmate Jessica Gabriel, we found a postcard of Picasso’s “Les Saltimbanques”.  It is not one of his most famous paintings, so it is actually very hard to find the painting online or the proper title of it.  It was painted in 1901, with Picasso’s famous harlequin figure and his companion.  When Jessica and I first saw the postcard, we said, “That’s us!”, bought the postcard and then quickly forgot about it, with all the excitement of living abroad for the first time.

By the end of that year, after many highs and lows, our Paris adventure was coming to a close, and we thought it would be fitting to recreate the painting.  So with some art school creativity, we managed to pull together some towels and blankets and rummage through our closet and art supplies to recreate the look of the painting.  With a limitation of 24 shots on our roll of film, we were determined to recreate the painting in a photograph, but quickly got bored of that and well, here are the results:

Paris, France, 2001 - by Roselina Hung & Jessica Gabriel
Paris, France, 2001 - by Roselina Hung & Jessica Gabriel

After we returned to Vancouver, the series of photographs was exhibited once during our final year at UBC and then put away and forgotten about.  While I was working on my Painting Film exhibition, with my Art History series, I revisited this series of photographs and thought about the process of turning a painting into a photograph, or in this case a series of photographs, and I decided to paint the photograph and return it to a painting.  Here is a photo of the painting in my London studio.  Unfortunately I can’t find a photo of the finished painting on my computer at the moment, so this was a work in progress shot:

Les Echangeuses
Les Echangeuses, Oil on canvas, 60 x 90 cm, 2005

Jessica and I then revisited the idea in 2007, after I moved back from London and we were both in Vancouver again.  Some ideas were thrown around but nothing came from it.  I am almost positive that it will come up again in the future, and new work will spring from the past.

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